Vectren is offering up tips on how to save on energy bills. They say if you are away from home often, you can save up to 12 percent with a programable thermostat.
J.E. Shekell Technician Eric Hagan installed a programmable thermostat. You can do it too if you're patient and follow the instructions.
It's a 15 to 20 minute job that could save big money.
"It's a great investment if you or your wife were both gone all day, don't need to condition your home," Greg Shekell, J.E. Shekell Heating and Air Conditioning, said. "If you look at the information that comes with the thermostat in our area, if you set back five to ten degrees, you could save up to 12 percent on your heating and cooling bill, and that's very important."
A programmable thermostat is inexpensive, and with a Vectren rebate, you can almost get one for free.
"Any Vectren customer who has natural gas service looking to make this investment in their home, go ahead go to Lowes or Home Depot, buy the unit," Chase Kelley, Vectren Spokesperson, said. "They range, for a good one, $25 to $30. And then we'll kick back a $20 rebate. So it's a worth-while investment."
Set it, forget it and save that money you've been spending on heating and cooling an empty home.